The cuckoo has grown to fame through the loud and distinctive call produced by one species
of cuckoo, the common cuckoo. The common cuckoo is found in Europe and Asia and can be
recognized by grey plumage on the head and neck with black and white barring decorating the
underparts. The common cuckoo is quite banal in comparison to other more flamboyant species
of cuckoo, some highlighted with streaks of red, green and yellow. There are 2 subfamilies
of cuckoo. They are considered parasitic as the female cuckoo lays her egg in another birds'
nest. When the young cuckoo hatches, the chick instinctively pushes all other eggs or
hatchlings from the nest, ensuring its own survival.
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